Monday, June 16, 2008


Yesterday was the girl's third birthday. On Saturday we celebrated with lots of family & friends. We were a little worried in the morning that the weather was going to give out on us and rain, but as it turns out the skies cleared up and it turned out to be a beautiful afternoon for all the kids to enjoy some time outside.

Pizza party lunch

Ashton soaking up the sun

Splashing in the poolCourtney hanging outElizabeth playing in the pool Princess birthday cake

Opening gifts

Avery taking a turn at the pinata
Cousin Jack

Collecting all the goodies from the pinata
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the girl's birthday with us, we hope everyone had just as much fun as we did!

Sunday was the girl's actual birthday. We spent the morning opening up a few more gifts and then we all got ready to head to a Father's day picnic.

I always get a little emotional around this time when I think of how the events of this day unfolded three years ago. As we were on our way to the picnic we drove by the hospital the girl's were born at and a million emotions began to surface. Brian & I looked at each other and we both said that three years ago on this day we never imagined that we would be taking the girl's to a picnic. Emotions were also a little high because I can clearly remember Brian's first Father's day. I was still in the hospital and around 3a.m I decided I would go down to the NICU to see the girl's. When I walked in I saw two little cards that said "Happy Father's Day". Both cards were stamped with the girl's little feet. I instantly broke down because of how special the nurses tried to make this day for a very special daddy. This year having father's day on the same day as the girl's birthday was probably the best gift anyone could ever give him.

Olivia & Avery with cousin NicholasHaving a dance with daddyBirthday girl's!
Happy 3rd birthday sweet girl's, mommy & daddy are so very proud of you!!!

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Shannon said...

Shannon, you gave me goosebumps and tears. Funny how emotions run really high on such special days that we never knew were coming.

You and Brian are amazing parents. Olivia and Avery are both beautiful young girls and VERY well behaved! (you know where that is coming from LOL)

But for real, I am so glad that we met. Although we don't see each other enough I think of you guys all of the time!!!

It was a great day! Love you all.


Daddy Dale and Mommy Jen said...

It looks like everyone had a wonderful time at the party! Boy, time does fly... Avery and Oliva are beautiful! Hope to talk soon...

Unknown said...

I wanted to thank you for continuing to share your miracles with us. I have tears streaming down my cheeks as I finished reading this post. Preemie parents go through so much, not just in the NICU but years following. I just called our ped's billing department to set up payments for Alivya's Synagis shots this year.

The celebration of every birthday is a reminder and a testament to our strength as parents, and the will of our special children to survive!

Your girls are so beautiful! Happy Birthday and Father's Day!

Vickie said...

Beautiful post, Shannon. You guys are such a great family! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Kellars Mommy said...

Awwww Happy Birthday!!! I absolutely love the cake, that is precious! 3 years old, wow isn't it amazing how you blink and one day they are another year older. I sometimes sit and think how I can't believe that Kellar is 2, it just doesn't seem like he should be that old, I still remember the nicu days like it was yesterday. Your girls are adorable and it looks like they really enjoyed their party..

BusyLizzyMom said...

We had such a great time at the girls party. Elizabeth loves seeing the girls and loved the pool and the slip and slide.
We are so glad to have met you and your family. The girls are sweet and were real princesses on their special day.